Rainiers Get Rotation Boost

Dealin’ Dipoto was at it again yesterday, making a trade of minor league prospects which should benefit the Tacoma Rainiers starting rotation.

The Mariners general manager was looking to add starting pitching depth, and he did so by acquiring right-hander Chase De Jong from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Statistically, De Jong had a terrific 2016 season: in 25 starts for the Dodgers Double-A Tulsa affiliate, De Jong went 14-5 with a 3.24 ERA. The 23-year-old pitched 141 innings, striking out 125 with 39 walks issued.

It appears that De Jong is ready for Triple-A, and he’ll slot into the Rainiers starting rotation. He did make one start in the PCL for Oklahoma City last year, and it was a good one.

To get DeJong, the Mariners gave up Class-A shortstop prospect Drew Jackson, and rookie-level flamethrower Aneurys Zabala. I’ve never seen either player, but I heard from M’s coaches that Zabala has a fastball which approaches 100 mph, so he’s probably the prospect the Dodgers had their eye on.

De Jong is on the 40-man roster, so the Mariners had to create a space for him… and they did so by designating Rainiers infielder Mike Freeman for assignment. Freeman is on waivers and can be claimed by any other team as long as that team places him on its 40-man roster. If no team claims him, Freeman will be outrighted to Tacoma. We could definitely use Freeman in Tacoma this year, so we’ll be happy if he clears waivers – although I’m sure Mike would rather be on a 40-man roster somewhere.

All of Dipoto’s tinkering with the “depth” portion of the major league 40-man roster should have a positive effect in Tacoma. We’ll see how good this team is in about a month!

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One Response to Rainiers Get Rotation Boost

  1. andy pasilis says:

    Looking forward to the 2017 season. Lots of fun watching the teams shape up. Thanks for the links to stories and your coverage.

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